|Review by jshroyer||posted 08-19-2014 02:18 PM||5266 views||0 times favorited||18 comments|
When i was just starting out woodworking i didnt know anything about tools. I went to school for engineering and did mostly metal working. From this i knew i didnt want a tiny little tool that wouldnt work worth a darn and to make sure that the model i bought was common enough to get parts and accessories. After searching google for table saw review and beginner table saw i found the bosch 4100-09. It was just what i thought would be perfect. A portable table saw for moving apartments. It ran off 120V. Had lots of accessories that i could buy. Thus i bit the bullet and bought the thing. which was around $450 i believe. Take it home and unpack the thing. Was happy with the easy assembly and the features it had. Now remember i am new so then i started to learn a thing or two.
The biggest thing i learned is how much i hate the fence. It can be angled all the time thus causing piece you are cutting to either pinch between the fence and the blade. or you get the opposite and have room between the fence and the piece you are cutting. the pinching is scary and the slop leads to not very straight cuts. I then broke out the manual and started to read how to adjust it. Yup that didnt do anything. The technique i learned is to slowly move the fence handle and shake the back of the fence side to side until the slack is remove then set it. But this leads to cuts that are not dimensional correct. Thus lots of playing with the fence to get the cut you want.
the miter gauge is just ok. I added some wood to the front to make it better but its just ok for being square. Thus i made a miter sled.
the table top is not flat all the way across. you can put a nice straight ruler on it and find there is a curve on it. Thats because its stamped steel.
The blade that comes with it is great if you wanted to cut some 2×4’s to make a door frame or something like that. but you need a much better blade for anything else. I bought a fine tool blade thinking that it would be better but it only got me 1/2 way there.
The dust that comes out the bottom is pretty bad. you hook up a big shop vac to the back and still have a lot of dust coming from the bottom. I fixed this by just putting a sheet of cardboard on the bottom and having flaps in the back. Then the dust will just sit there until i clean it out which happens a lot. Yes i should of come up with some sort of fancy bag on the bottom but i wanted to do it cheap.
The pros to this thing though are still pretty good. I like the stand. it very sturdy and donts move a lot. I was worried about that but am very impressed.
overall i am glad i bought it but wish i would of thought of craigslist. I see these things go for much cheaper than i paid and am a sucker for that. I know next time i will be buying a better saw and seeing if i can try it out first. But for now my bosch works great in my apartment.